31 Days to a Better Blog – Day 4: Interlink your posts
Sunday, August 5th, 2007
Wow, this challenge is requiring abit more headspace and time than I previously had anticipated. I hope that I can keep up!
For the background as to what this is all about, I was tipped off by Michele Martin’s Bamboo Project Blog who is collecting a growing list of bloggers like myself who are all undertaking and connecting over the challenge set by Problogger Darren Rowse. I’ve found it imensley useful so far, I have a whole new set of readers from the US and Australia who themselves are taking part in this experiment and we’re all commenting on each others observations on the process of it all. The comments they’ve made are really useful as well, exploring new ideas or confirming thoughts.
Another benefit of this experiment is that I’ve also found new blogs, which I may never have seen before thanks to the networking that has come out of this, and interestingly they all are useful in one way or another to me. Since pulling all my feeds together using the fabulous Netvibes, which has made my life so much easier to keep up to date with my favourite blogs and sites, I have become possible abit narrow visioned and forgotten that there are other sites and blogs out there that provide use to me. It’s also inspiring me for new posts (which will come in time, when time allows!) which can only be a good thing. Apologies if me blog seems more of a personal diary currently, but I think it’s a useful project for myself, and hopefully will have some use for others out there, especially within the non-profit arena as my thoughts evolve.
Anyway, back to the task in hand.
The task is to dig back into your archives and do some interlinking of posts.
Darren says that as you add more content to your blog there will be more and more opportunity to link your posts together so that readers can view more pages of your blog.
When doing new posts, it’s generally easier to add links to the old ones, but this is a useful tip. He suggests that he does his every six months, which to me would seem an arduous task, so as my blog grows, I’ll try to manage the process as often as able.
As my blog grows also, I’ll begin to add a related posts section to my new posts, and try to remember to add links as I go.
If you are thinking of embarking on this task – I’d definitely recommend it. As mentioned before, it does require some time, and hopefully by the end will give me a good overview of my blog and some consistency of how I manage it. Maybe my blog isn’t going to be as random as had planned in the first place!
If you head over to Prologgers site you’ll see that this project has created alot of social interaction too, with people also posting in the comments section their thoughts and observations and good practice too. Alot of reading but exciting to see it all unfold.
Also, Michele Martin is blogging her experiences well as well as the others that have connected through Michele, and there are 12 of us all doing this challenge too. Worth a look, and still time to have a go!